The Greens/EFA party at the European Parliament invited Professor Carlos Garcia de Leaniz to present the main results of AMBER at their last Biodiversity Working Group meeting on 11th May. The meeting was attended by MEPs and members of the Greens EFA Biodiversity working group.
The latest European Environment Agency’s State of the Water Report, 2018 found that only 44% of European water bodies were in a good or high ecological state. The report identified that built alterations are one of the heaviest pressures on running waters.
Following extensive research and ground-truthing, the AMBER project estimated that there are more than 1.2 million barriers on European rivers, many of which are obsolete
AMBER’s research supports the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030’s goal of restoring 25,000km of rivers to a free-flowing state, and the AMBER Barrier Atlas provides a pan-European map of river barriers that is freely available to download to support those implementing the EU Biodiversity Strategy’s aims.